Sir Trevor McDonald to host Countdown and he’s the perfect choice

Sir Trevor McDonald will be joining the Countdown family this autumn after being confirmed as a guest host. 

The veteran broadcaster will front the iconic Channel 4 quiz show in September as part of the station’s Black To Front takeover, which will put Black talent in the spotlight. 

Sharing his excitement, Sir Trevor said in a statement: ‘I am proud and delighted to be presenting Countdown on this special day; I have always enjoyed watching Countdown, a show that has been around for almost as long as I have!’ 

Joining Sir Trevor in the Salford studio will be acclaimed poet and playwright Lemn Sissay OBE, who will adjudicate the words from Dictionary Corner, and maths prodigy Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, who will bring her arithmetical expertise to the numbers round. 

Lemn will be joined in Dictionary Corner by special guest, award-winning journalist & beer sommelier, Marverine Cole.

Countdown, which is Channel 4’s longest running series, is currently hosted by Anne Robinson, who replaced Nick Hewer earlier this month. 

Elsewhere on Black To Front day, AJ Odudu will join Bafta-winning Mo Gilligan as co-host of The Big Breakfast and newsreader Phil Gayle will return to read the news as this iconic show comes live from its original East London location, the Lock Keepers’ Cottages. 


AJ said: ‘I absolutely can’t wait to get stuck into The Big Breakfast. It is such an iconic show to be part of and I am buzzing it is finally coming back! 

‘I’m so looking forward to working with Mo and I can’t wait to wake up the nation! I’m thrilled to be part of Channel 4’s Black to Front – which quite rightly gives a platform to deserving Black British TV talent across our industry, both on and off-screen. It’s going to be really special.’ 

Black To Front has been planned over a year and is part of Channel 4’s on-going commitment to improve Black representation on and off screen.

From breakfast right through to late night, some of Channel 4’s most iconic shows will have Black talent at the forefront offering viewers a new perspective of much-loved programmes.

A date for Black To Front is yet to be announced.

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